What is an Alphorngruppe?
Aphorngruppe was established when Karl Beck and Tracy Sonneborn, two accomplished French horn players, got together at an Ein Prosit German Band rehearsal to play Alphorn duets. They both owned alphorns in the key of F, and they both had an excellent sense of pitch. Frank Jess, also a fine hornist, acquired a horn, and the Ein Prosit Alphorn Trio was born.
They entertained with the Ein Prosit German Band at many Oktoberfests, and the audiences loved them. Of course, the fact that beer flows at Oktoberfests, and the players were adorned in lederhosen may have helped!
The other band members were captivated by the rich tones of the resonant instrument. Other horn and brass players were envious and eager to acquire alphorns to join in the fun and participate in the unique ensemble.
The ensemble continues to grow, and has outgrown its trio designation! At last count, the Alphorngruppe stands at ten members with over twelve alphorns!
Individual Alphorngruppe members or any size group may be available to perform at your event. Members are based throughout lower Michigan.
Please send your request by e-mail to Johann (commonly called John) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Karl at email@example.com.
You may also contact John by phone at 269-342-0059.
What does the 'gruppe' name mean?
group of Alphorns
dream of the Alps